Kelly Howell is an Associate Director at the SMA Foundation and supports project teams and coordination of research activities between pharmaceutical companies and research institutions. Dr. Howell has 15 years of research experience related to neurodevelopment and genetics. Prior to joining the SMA Foundation, she was an Associate Research Scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Oliver Hobert at Columbia University.
Kelly’s postdoctoral studies focused on understanding how connections between neurons and muscles are regulated. She received her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Ursinus College. Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania studying the role of the EGF-Ras-ERK signaling pathway in cell fate specification.